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Old 02-03-2014, 04:28 PM   #31
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It will be 4 years for me. I am doing a back to back in August 2014 (#10 is a 3 night and DVC member cruise #11).
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:23 PM   #32
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We started with DCL in 11/2003 and hit #10 3/2013. Too bad we won't be cruising platinum to enjoy the benefits.

It took us 9 years to have that free meal at Polo. [2004-2013]
We are like you Guys....cancelled all 3 of our cruises for 2014. And what benefits to enjoy?
Like that one sceen in the movie Forest Gump, where he ran for 2 years 3 months and 6 days and up and stopped running......well....The Hoosier Daddy has stopped cruisin'.....DCL is the same old thing each time we cruised.....everything but the cost that is. Can you say; not worth it, I can.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:34 PM   #33
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DCL has simply out priced it's value to us. The nearly 60% increase for the Fantasy's pre-Easter 2015 week cruise compared to our 2013 cruise crossed the line since we have two kids entering college in the next four years and that takes priority.

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Right On!.....Kath and I are in your corner.
And if we had more like us out there .....the price would go down in a heart-beat.
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Old 02-04-2014, 08:41 AM   #34
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It took us about 10 years.
I hope this isn't creepy to say but we are in alpharetta too

I hope to reach gold by the end of the year and our son should reach gold by early 2015. technically it will have taken me 14 years since i went on my first disney cruise at 18 in 2000. the rest between 2011-2014.

my husband who knows? - his second is booked for dec 2014 and dec is really the only "safe" month I can book a vacation and feel confident he'll be joining us because of how much he travels for work.

I'm guessing it will be about 5 or so more years before any of us reach platinum but you never know. some itineraries that grab my attention could shorten that time period

we've cruised on rccl and carnival in the past (pre-child) and just didn't enjoy it so if we were to decide not to cruise disney I think that would mean the end of cruising for us.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:19 AM   #35
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14 years. First cruise was in the Maiden Voyage Year.

and it took us 11 cruises to sail all four ships.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:32 AM   #36
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DH and I took our first cruise in September of 2005 and took our 10th cruise in January of 2011. So, it was a little over 5 years.
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:56 AM   #37
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I hope this isn't creepy to say but we are in alpharetta too
I'm on the other side Gwinnett

For me, I started Dec 2012 and will be platinum by June 2015.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:10 PM   #38
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We're probably one of the longest, since our first cruise was back in 1998, the fifth sailing of the Magic and we'll make platinum this fall on the Magic.
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:28 PM   #39
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It took us 2 years and 3 months to reach Gold. Four of those were 4 night cruises because we were AP holders at WDW, and it was easy to tack on a 4night cruise to our vacations. I'm not sure how long it will take us to reach platinum...if we reach it all. We have an Eastern planned. I would also like to go to Alaska, San Juan and Key West. I'm hoping DCL starts coming out with some different itinerary's. I'm not sure I want to pay the high prices to keep going to the same places.
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Old 02-04-2014, 02:10 PM   #40
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I have not reached it yet, but should in August. So, it will have taken me 10 years! For my October cruise, I will be Platinum!
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Old 02-04-2014, 03:23 PM   #41
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Took us 7 years almost to the date (within a week). Took our first cruise 1/22-1/29/2005 and the 10th cruise 1/28-2/4/2012.


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I do think the idea of trips (as opposed to days), can lead to some strange circumstances though. We were friendly with a family on one of our cruises that because of hassle and travel cost only did long cruises. They'd spent maybe 40 or 50 days at sea and were only silver. Since one of our trips was the original 2 day cruise to nowhere, we've benefited from trips vs days.
We have friends with the same situation. In our 12 cruises, we have sailed 79 nights. Only had 67 nights when we finished #10. Our friends have 71 nights over 7 cruises, of which 14 nights (two 7 night cruises B2B) were in a suite. They have probably dropped more $ with DCL than we have, yet we're the ones who are platinum.

Not sure what the best system is. DCL has chosen # of cruises, so that's what it is. I think it is generous though. But then again, is a person who takes ten 3-night cruises less loyal than a person who does ten 7-night or even 14-night cruises? Probably not. Should DCL reward more because the people who sailed longer spent more for their cruise? Maybe, but on a per night basis, that isn't always the case and in 365 days, shorter cruise passengers probably generate more money for DCL. Should they reward more based on the type of cabin you paid for (i.e. inside, oceanview, balcony, suite)? Maybe in the case of a suite given them double points, but depending on the cruise and when you booked, an inside might be more than a balcony on opening day (or hour for some cruises).

There may be a more equitable way of rewarding it, and I wouldn't be upset if it set us back a level, but as many have said, DCL is pricing themselves out of any type of loyalty, so it won't matter much. In 2 1/2 weeks we're set to sail for the third time on a different line for a lot less money, in a suite, plus we'll get to two stops DCL doesn't make.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:48 PM   #42
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It took us just over 5 years: Feb 2007 to Apr 2012. Back then it was great to be platinum because the OBCs for booking onboard were higher for gold & and even higher for platinum members. So with our Alaskan cruise booked for Aug 2012, it was worth it to get to platinum level prior to the Alaskan cruise. With 2 cabins booked onboard, it was a decent amount of OBC.

Now that the OBC is the same whether it's your 2nd or 25th cruise, platinum status doesn't mean squat to me. You get a black lanyard & a bottle of wine or fruit platter. You also get the captain's reception (also for gold members) which always seems to be at a bad time for me.

Don't bust your butt to get to platinum; it's really nothing special.

Oh, you do get free Palo which dh does like but honestly I'd rather not have to pack formal clothes for a shorter cruise. I'd rather have the higher OBCs and pay for Palo (or what ever I'd prefer to spend it on)
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Old 02-04-2014, 10:04 PM   #43
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Like some others, I feel it is kind of a shame that number of cruise days doesn't count for something. I've spent 55 days at sea with DCL, but still have 4 more cruises to go to make Platinum. Oh well, I still prefer those 7+ day cruises whenever possible! I think DCL does an outstanding job, and can't wait for our next cruise (a short 4 night) in just a few days!
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:40 AM   #44
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First cruise was in Sept 2005; ninth cruise will be this weekend; will achieve platinum after our 10th cruise this Thanksgiving. So, it will be 9 years and 2 months.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:42 AM   #45
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It took us just over 5 years: Feb 2007 to Apr 2012. Back then it was great to be platinum because the OBCs for booking onboard were higher for gold & and even higher for platinum members. So with our Alaskan cruise booked for Aug 2012, it was worth it to get to platinum level prior to the Alaskan cruise. With 2 cabins booked onboard, it was a decent amount of OBC. Now that the OBC is the same whether it's your 2nd or 25th cruise, platinum status doesn't mean squat to me. You get a black lanyard & a bottle of wine or fruit platter. You also get the captain's reception (also for gold members) which always seems to be at a bad time for me. Don't bust your butt to get to platinum; it's really nothing special. Oh, you do get free Palo which dh does like but honestly I'd rather not have to pack formal clothes for a shorter cruise. I'd rather have the higher OBCs and pay for Palo (or what ever I'd prefer to spend it on)
It's really too bad that the incentives aren't better.
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